Going into spring practice, Joe Southwick is the clear starter. People can say what they want, but Southwick proved himself last season, and it would be hard to believe he wouldn't be the starter this fall.
The big question this spring is which quarterback is going to be the backup?
There are three candidates in spring camp who have a legitimate shot at being No. 2. Among the list are junior Grant Hedrick, sophomore Jimmy Laughrea and redshirt freshman Nick Patti.
Patti is a favorite among many fans simply because of expectation.
When he came to Boise last season, it was in a time of many unknowns. Some of the fans were hoping that lightning might strike twice, and Nick Patti could become the next Kellen Moore. Or, at the very least, Kellen Moore like.
While that didn't happen, the things that Patti did in spring camp last year did encourage a number of people.
It will be interesting to see how much Patti has improved over last year. If he has made considerable progress, he will most likely be the backup.
Laughrea sports an incredible arm. In fact, it is probably the best arm of the bunch. However, he didn't have the best spring game in 2012, and he also found himself sidelined with an injury.
Laughrea is going to have to do something very special in camp in order to get the nod as backup. A big arm won't guarantee anything on a Chris Petersen team.
Hedrick did some good things as the backup last year. He looks like a running back that plays quarterback, and his change of pace helps keep defenses on their heels.
Hedrick may end up being the backup in 2013 if for no other reason he has the experience.
He is a decent passer, but his biggest strength has to be his mobility and ability to run the option and the wildcat.
Spring camp should give coach Petersen and his staff a pretty good indication of who their No. 2 quarterback should be.
Just looking at the information available, it appears that the starter will be Southwick with the backup being Hedrick followed by Patti and Laughrea.
The only way this changes is if Patti or Laughrea come out this spring and overwhelm the coaches with progress. That doesn't seem to be the case as of yet.